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Bryan track aims for 'best season yet'
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The Bryan County High School boys and girls track teams are optimistic for another top notch season. Much of the team advanced to state last year and are returning this year with a bit more experience under their belts.
“I think we are prepared to have our best season yet,” BCHS Head Coach Blake Nesmith said. “All in all, we think we have teams that can contend for the region crowns, but we know we have much work ahead of us if we are to reach that goal. All the pieces are here, we are just working hard right now to try and turn our weaknesses into strengths.”
On the girls side, everyone is back from last year’s team that was third in the region. That group looks better than ever with Kimberly Williams, Tiffany Howard, Samantha Howard, Bridget Bacon, Sierra Newman and several others. Add to that some athletic new girls that just joined the team off the basketball team like Olivia Melvin, Taylor Butler and Satashala Beasley.
“With the boys, we look to improve on last year’s 3rd place finish as well,” Nesmith said. “Key performers and 2009 state qualifiers Willie Deloach, Winston Johnson, Alex Cruz, Joseph Jenkins and Caleb Cannon will be our leaders.  We also have some gifted transfers and freshmen such as Albert Chavis, Paul Harris, Trent Minis, and Jacquez Page that we expect big things from.”
The BCHS track team ran in a meet against Southeast Bulloch, Tattnall County and Claxton on Wednesday. The girls finished second and the boys finished fourth.
Highlights include Tiffany Howard winning the 1600 meters in a school record time of 6:02. She also won the triple jump and 800. The following Redskins also took home first place: Kim Williams in the 300 hurdles, Taz Beasley in the high jump, Trent Minis in the 1600, the girls 4x400 team of Bridget Bacon, Samantha Howard, Kim Williams and Tiffany Howard, the boys 4x100 team of Albert Chavis, Alex Cruz, Winston Johnson and Willie Deloach.
Nesmith also commended the efforts of Taylor Butler, Paul Harris and Sierra Newman.
Next up is the first home meet is March 16 versus South Effingham and Savannah Christian.

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